June 2015 Wrap-Up

June 2014June is a winter month here in Australia.  That means that while those of you in the northern hemisphere are planning your beach reads, we Down Under are huddling under blankets, looking for books to make the long, winter nights bearable.  It’s a good job I have a lot to choose from…

…and here are the stats to prove it 😉

Total Books Read: 16
Year-to-Date: 80

New: 13
Rereads: 3

From the Shelves: 5
Review Copies: 7
From the Library: 4
On the Kindle: 1 (1 review copy)

Novels: 10
Novellas: 4
Short Stories: 1
Non-Fiction: 1

Non-English Language: 16 (4 Spanish, 3 French, 2 Korean, 2 Japanese, 2 Italian, German, Galician, Dutch)
In Original Language: 2 (German, French)


Books reviewed in June were:

1) Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-yong
2) Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt
3) The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
4) The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
5) My Documents by Alejandro Zambra
6) The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra
7) Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra
8) Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra
9) I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha
10) Hollow Heart by Viola Di Grado
11) Fuzz McFlops by Eva Furnari
12) The Tale of Genji By Murasaki Shikibu (Part One & Part Two)

Tony’s Turkey for June is: Nothing
I wasn’t a huge fan of the new Luiselli, but it certainly wasn’t a complete flop – nothing for my Christmas collection this month 😉

Tony’s Recommendation for June is: Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji

Not even close.  Apologies to all the other books – you were simply out of your weight class this month…

The July forecast is for more of the same, lashings of review copies with intermittent Korean fiction at times.  Having said that, with Spanish-Language Literature Month in full swing, watch out for infrequent showers of Hispanic novels – no umbrellas required 😉

2 thoughts on “June 2015 Wrap-Up

  1. You make me feel so much better about myself, Tony, reading about your reading prowess. I often am made to feel almost guilty about reading so much (when I should be writing or doing other things), but you are one that more than keeps up with me (and you read far fewer crime novels, which are easier to read in a hurry).
    Genji is a difficult one to beat, isn’t it, it seems to contain all of life…


    1. Marina Sofia – Oh, don’t worry – I get told I read too much all the time 😉

      Yes, Genji really is a classic, and while new books are fun, you can’t beat books which have stood the test of time…


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